Latest News from Turkey

Nikola Jokic to play for Serbia at EuroBasket!

Center Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic will be able to play for the Serbian national team at the European Championship 2022, as Serbian NBA star confirmed this to coach Svetislav Pesic. So, Jokic will play in the August "window" and at the European Championship, but he will not play in the June "window" due to NBA league rules that limit how much time a basketball player can spend with the team.

NATO Leaders have Pledged their Support for Ukraine

The leaders of seven NATO countries have pledged to support the accession of Sweden and Finland to the alliance and to provide more heavy weapons to Ukraine, the Associated Press reported.

Turkish agency renovates church in Lebanon

A 170-year-old Greek Orthodox church, that struggled to collect donations, in the southern Lebanon village of Kfeir has been renovated by a Turkish agency.

Number of movie halls, audiences falling in Turkey

The number of movie halls has decreased by 11.1 percent, while the number of cinema audiences decreasing by 27.9 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) has said.

According to the country's official data institute, the number of cinema halls dropped from some 2,698 to some 2,398 in a year across Turkey.

More than 3 million tourists visit Antalya

Antalya, one of Turkey's major holiday destinations, has welcomed 3.1 million foreign tourists since the start of the year.

Foreign tourist arrivals in the city, which is located on the Mediterranean coast, increased by 227 percent between Jan. 1 and June 12 from the same period of last year, according to data from the provincial directorate of culture and tourism.

Turkey favors dialogue with Greece to resolve problems: Akar

Turkey and Greece can resolve their problems only by establishing dialogue and direct contacts, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said, criticizing certain Greek politicians for escalating tension between the two neighbors for their political ambitions.

Turkey’s new 5B satellite goes into service

Turkey's new 5B communication satellite has been put into service as part of the government's National Space Program, which envisages having a total of 10 satellites in space by 2023, the centennial of the Republic of Turkey.

MHP leader renews his call for closure of HDP

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli once again called on the constitutional court to close the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over the incidents that took place during a protest in Istanbul over the weekend.

Turkey taking necessary security measures, Ankara says to Israel

Turkey is taking necessary security measures concerning the fight against terrorism, Ankara said on June 14 in response to Israel raising its travel advisory to the highest level because of what it said was a threat of Iranian attempts to kill or abduct Israelis vacationing in Turkey.

Turkish Lawyers Urge Cancellation of ‘Cash-for-Citizenship’ Scheme

Turkish and Austrian passports in 2017. Photo: EPA/LISI NIESNER

The Bar Association said in a statement that citizenship "expresses a legal and political bond and commitment to the state", and that putting a financial value upon it "has made the concept of citizenship abstract and alienated it from its essence".

NATO chief: Sweden ready to address Turkish security fears

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on June 13 he was "glad" that the Swedish government has confirmed its "readiness to address Turkey's concerns as part of assuming the obligations of future NATO membership."

After decades of military non-alignment, Russia's war in Ukraine pushed Finland and Sweden to apply to join NATO in May.

Court drops CHP’s Kaftancıoğlu’s party membership

An appeal court has revoked the membership of Canan Kaftancıoğlu in the Republican People's Party (CHP) in line with a political ban imposed on her after she was convicted of terror propaganda and of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.